Google Latitude Web App for iPhone Now Available

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Jul 23, 2009.

  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Google today announced that it has launched Google Latitude for the iPhone and iPod touch. Google Latitude, which runs as a web app in Safari, utilizes GPS and Wi-Fi geolocation to display the real-time location of a user's friends and to allow others to track their location. Privacy settings allow users to customize which contacts are permitted to see their location.

    Google also reveals that Apple requested that Latitude be offered as a web app rather than a standalone application in order to reduce confusion with the standard Maps application available on the iPhone.

    Finally, Google notes that due to Apple's restriction on background applications, Google Latitude is unable to provide continuous location updates as it does on other mobile platforms, although it does automatically refresh locations upon launching and while open.

    Google Latitude for the iPhone and iPod touch requires iPhone OS 3.0 and is now available in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, and it have plans to extend the service to other countries in the near future.

    Article Link: Google Latitude Web App for iPhone Now Available
  2. MBHockey macrumors 68040


    Oct 4, 2003
    New York
  3. neilgehrke macrumors newbie

    Jul 23, 2009
    Doesn't work. Followed directions given, latitude tab in google has an all white blank page only. lame:mad:
  4. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    That is BS. Apple's Map app is google maps and yet Latitude is going to be web based? Weak is right.
  5. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
  6. hazza.jockel macrumors 6502

    Aug 2, 2008
    in a swag
    Why can't they just integrate it into the standard map app? Maybe in 3.1?
  7. pauld macrumors regular

    Feb 8, 2003
    Tokyo (London for the holidays!)
    Exactly. It's an awesome idea, but totally pointless in it's current state.
  8. ogdogg macrumors 6502

    Jun 26, 2008
    It also needs to update your location when you access/fetch the built in email app.
  9. spillproof macrumors 68020


    Jun 4, 2009
    Great, another thing that wants to track me! Leave me alone! :)
  10. 150hp macrumors regular

    Jul 26, 2004
    Door County, WI, USA
    Really? Too confusing. So much for using this.
  11. snowpuff macrumors newbie

    Feb 10, 2009
    utter fail! i sent a tweet back to googlemaps (they are the ones who announced it today) saying that they were weak for giving in. this doesnt make any sense as a webapp... it should have been integrated into maps and connected to your contacts, etc etc (as others have said)

    for everything google does -right- they do much -wrong-
  12. danpass macrumors 68020


    Jun 27, 2009
    Miami, FL
    the moment the phone rings you're off the grid.

    being on the grid is the point of the "app" lol :rolleyes:
  13. WiRi1113 macrumors newbie

    Jul 23, 2009
    I agree with all the above (and probably below) comments, this version of Latitude is a complete weak-sauce. Sticking to Hey, Where Are You (HeyWAY) app for now.
  14. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Hey buddy read the article. It was Apple and their forceful nature of making google turn this into a web app so as to not compete with the map app that is powered by google (technically).
  15. bretm macrumors 68000

    Apr 12, 2002
    Well google thinks web apps are the future for mobile devices and NOT app stores. Uh-huh. Look how well received they are already.
  16. maverick808 macrumors 65816


    Jun 30, 2004
    The app sucks ass and it's completely Apple's fault for not allowing apps to run in the background. This app is a perfect example of why push notifications will never be able to replace the ability to run in the background, which every other major mobile platform allows. Shame on Apple on this one.
  17. ajnicho macrumors 6502a

    Sep 24, 2008
    Latitude could cause confusion yet introducing google earth does not! May be they should have introduced this as part of a google earth update!
  18. Shasterball macrumors 6502a


    Oct 19, 2007
    Exactly the question I was going to ask. Integration would be the way to go....
  19. Cambrian macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2009

    This absolutely should be worked into Maps.

    My maps get my exact location, but Latitude is half a mile off, and hellish slow!

    Come on Apple, get it sorted!
  20. brian5 macrumors member


    Jul 15, 2008
    CT, USA
    I have the same blank page. I've tried all kinds of things but can't get it to work :(
  21. neil1980 macrumors 6502

    Nov 1, 2008
    Was looking forward to this but without it updating in the background its pretty pointless.

    Whos going to leave their iphone in safari all day? the battery is bad enough as it is :(
  22. mdominguezmd macrumors newbie

    Jul 9, 2008
    San Antonio, TX
    Adding Friends Problems

    This web app sure doesn't have a "ready for primetime" function. Trying to add friends fails most of the time.

    An integrated app would have made much more sense.

    I doubt it will be worth the space on my iPhone.
  23. zombitronic macrumors 65816


    Feb 9, 2007
    I tried Latitude last night. When I was done I closed Safari but I did not specifically close the Latitude window. I plugged my phone in and went to bed. When I woke up this morning, my phone felt warmer than usual, especially sine it wasn't being used. I was a bit concerned but I unplugged it and went to work. I just checked my phone and it was still warm. My battery is also down to 70% and it was just fully charged an hour and a half ago. I haven't been using the phone. I just closed the window with Latitude and now my phone seems to be cooler. If my battery isn't at 40% in another hour and a half, I think I'm blaming latitude for being a battery vampire. This doesn't make sense to me because:

    However, this is the only change in my phone usage. Has anyone else had a similar experience?
  24. imac abuser macrumors 6502a

    imac abuser

    Mar 1, 2004
    Yeah this blows, I've been chomping at the bit for this. Because I'm not 100% happy with loopt, but loopt wins for now. I don't like the web based apps. I want a stand alone app, or intergration into maps that would make it cool!

    Apple your sucking lately

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